We spent a week in Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii, in December, 2010, and our most frequent visitor at the Pono Kai Resort was the adorable little Zebra Dove seen here (above). Sometimes she would bring a friend, perhaps her sweetheart (bottom photo). Unfortunately, our photos, taken in the bright early morning light, don't show the lovely blue coloring of the Zebra Dove, also known as the Barred Ground Dove, but the Wikipedia picture below clearly shows the blue beak and face, and the distinctive blue area around the eye. It also shows the long, graceful tail.
20-23 cm (8-9 inches) in length, with a 24-26 cm (9-10 inch) wingspan.
Introduced to Hawaii in 1922, where some were deliberately or accidentally released from captivity, the Zebra Dove flourished there, and is one of the most common birds seen in Hawaii. In its native Indonesia, however, it is becoming an endangered species due to trapping, because of its popularity as a cagebird.
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